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PhD Studentship in 3D Printed Microsupercapacitors Based on 2D Material Inks

Imperial College London - Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,009 (this year's rate) per annum for UK Students as well as EU Students resident in the UK for 3 years.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st February 2020
Closes: 1st May 2020

Supervisor: Dr Cecilia Mattevi Start Date: between 1st October 2020

Location: South Kensington and White City Campus

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students resident in the UK for 3 years

Project Description:

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year fully-funded PhD studentship in the development of semiconductors for next-generation solar cells. 

With a fast developing of the internet-of-things, wireless sensor networks deployed in a variety of environments for home automation, health monitoring, environmental control and industrial processes tracking are becoming a permeating technology. A necessary requirement for these small sensors and networks is energy autonomy. An energy-storage component is critical to store energy harvested from renewable sources to ensure energy supply over prolonged periods of time. Microsupercapacitors with high efficiencies over small footprint areas would benefit these applications. To date device miniaturization has been developed to achieve mainly planar-geometries. 3D printing offers the opportunity to fabricate devices with different architectures and to develop those over the vertical direction.  The objective of this project is to fabricate microsupercapacitors via a 3D printing technique based on continuous extrusion of a viscoelastic ink. The materials of choice are 2D atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) in their metallic polymorphism (1T/ 1T’ phases) which are promising for energy storage applications. The project will involve inks formulation, 3D printing of electrodes and current collector, detailed characterisation using advanced microscopy and tomography methods to determine the microstructure and the 3D ordering of the platelets and to design and evaluate devices. Advanced spectroscopy characterization will be also utilized to study chemical composition and crystal phase. Upon device evaluation, microstructure design and the ink formulation will be modified to optimize energy density and power density of the microsupercapacitor.

The ideal candidate for the role will have received a First-class Honours degree in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or a related discipline.  The project will be supervised by Dr. Cecilia Mattevi in the Department of Materials. Her lab is based in the South Kensington Campus with access to facilities at the Sir Henry Royce Institute, located in Imperial’s White City campus.

Funding Notes: The funding will cover tuition fees plus a maintenance stipend of £17,009 (this year’s rate) per annum for UK Students as well as EU Students resident in the UK for 3 years.

More information: To find out more about Dr. Mattevi Lab, please go to:  

More information on the Department of Materials can be found here: 

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr. Cecilia Mattevi (

For questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Dr Alba Matas Adams, ( Formal applications can be completed online but only after informal enquiries: while information about the Department can be found at

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